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“Travis had at least as many catches if not more than anybody in camp,” Weeden said. “His route running is phenomenal, probably because he’s so fast. Guys have to honor him running by them. He’s been getting in and out of breaks so well. Whether it’s in-breaking routes or out-breaking routes, he’s really found a knack of getting separation and giving me a chance to complete some balls. He’s had a lot of catches this camp. He’s stuck out.”
Hakeem Nicks did not report to mandatory minicamp
Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:10pm
The camp is mandatory and Nicks was expected to report. While his camp denies reports that he's upset about his contract situation, his actions will certainly continue to fuel speculation. Reuben Randle is looking better and better each day.
MJD may not be ready for training camp
Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:07pm
There are a few red flags surrounding the usually dependable MJD. First, his injury. He's working his way back, but it sounds as if he's in a race to get ready for training camp. Next, there's his legal situation, but that seems like it may blow over. Lastly, the Jaguars are installing a new (zone-blocking) running game which may or may not suit his skill set. He's an interesting pick in the third round and has top 5 upside, but he doesn't hold his usual value at this point in the offseason.
Monday, June 10, 2013, 5:14pm
Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:28pm
A year ago, Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice was working out on his own away from team headquarters while his $40 million maximum value contract that included $24 milliion in guaranteed money and a $15 million signing bonus was being negotiated.
Now that Rice isn't a franchise player like last year, he's been a fixture at offseason conditioning workouts and organized team activities heading into this week's mandatory full-team minicamp.
RG3 believes that "without a doubt" he's ready for camp
Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:22pm
Peter King on Redskins QB Robert Griffin III: Griffin had major knee surgery 21 weeks ago. Washington's opener is 13 weeks from tonight. After watching him run sprints around the practice field Thursday, I agree with what Griffin said post-practice: "Without a doubt'' he thinks he'll be practicing with the team when it begins training camp in Richmond in late July ... and, of course, that he'll be ready to go Sept. 9 against the Eagles. Here's what Griffin did Thursday: He sprinted without a limp the 53-yard width of the end zone. Then, at nearly full speed, he planted his twice-surgically repaired right knee and pivoted left, up the sideline of the practice field. It wasn't the planting and cutting he'll have to do in games, of course. But it's close. I get zero sense that the team thinks he won't be ready to play Sept. 9.
Griffin is looking good for Week 1, so the concern is no longer about his availability, but rather the extent to which he changes the way he plays to avoid injury. The general consensus is that he doesn't run the ball as much, but just how much is he going to rein it in? We currently have him projected for 95 rushes for 702 yards and 5.3 TD. He posted a 120-815-7 line in 2012.
Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:14pm
“That offense really didn’t suit me,’’ Rams TE Jared Cook said of Tennessee's offense. “It didn’t fit me. That’s just how it is. Every team a player goes to, the fit is not perfect. Some guys have to move around to two or three teams before they find the perfect fit.’’
But Cook, who was also pursued by the Miami Dolphins, likes what he has seen so far in St. Louis. “I think I’m on an elevator going up,” he said in his first meeting with the local media.
“What we’re getting from Jared out there is what we expected,’’ HC Jeff Fisher said. “The ball’s going around, we’re matching him up, we’re creating mismatches, he’s making plays.
“Whether or not (he was underutilized with Tennessee), we feel like he can add a dimension to our offense that we don’t have.’’
Cook had a breakout season after Jeff Fisher left Tennessee, which has us a bit leery about his prospects for 2013. But Fisher is a defensive mind, so it's up to OC Brian Schottenheimer to get Cook involved in the offense, and the Rams did make him their first priority in free agency. Consider him a TE2 with upside.
Rob Gronkowski "likely" to miss games, per the Boston Herald
Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:02pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still is wearing a protective sleeve on his left arm, a remnant from a fourth surgery that was needed to replace a plate to heal a broken bone. He is also getting ready for a back procedure that will likely force him to miss regular-season games.
Gronkowski holds 2nd round value when healthy, but it doesn't appear that he's going to be healthy to start the season. At this point we wouldn't use anything more than a 4th round pick on the big TE, and even that is stretching it. He has huge upside, but he's too much of a risk in the early rounds given what we know now. It's a calculated risk, but expect a series of game-time decisions if he doesn't start the season on the PUP list. One setback and he could miss a half (or the whole) season.
Monday, June 10, 2013, 1:46pm
No worries here. We still love Romo's value as the #12 QB off the board.
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:49pm
The Chiefs signed Donnie Avery to be the fast wide receiver they’ve lacked the last few seasons, but Avery watched for most of the offseason because of a high ankle sprain. Avery should be ready to participate when camp starts, but he will be behind when he gets to St. Joe, and that’s not a good omen for a team hoping to find playmakers to go with Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:47pm
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From all the conversations that I've had on the record and off, the club does expect Richardson to be ready for training camp July 25 and feel it's nothing more than a muscle strain. Richardson is still on track to begin a running program in two weeks, and there's no way he'd be doing that if they were worried about a stress fracture.
Richardson said the injury wasn't serious enough to warrant an MRI, but I'm sure his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, will examine the leg when Richardson is back in Pensacola, where Andrews has a clinic. Andrews has repaired both of Richardson's ankles and has performed both scopes on his knee. He knows T-Rich better than any doctor, and will provide input on the training regimen and timetable. If the Browns decide to hold him out another week after camp opens just to be on the safe side, I don't think that's earth-shattering.
We're not panicking about Richardson's shin, but he has had trouble staying healthy in his short career so he's not without some risk. We believe he holds late first round value in 2013.
Jamaal Charles will "stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls" in new offense
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:40pm
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles said. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.
“I definitely know my role. I’ve got a lot of stuff to program in my mind right now. There’s a lot of stuff in the Andy Reid offense, the same stuff he did with [Brian Westbrook] and [LeSean McCoy], and I think I fit his scheme as well as they did. Definitely more studying and definitely more knowing the scheme of the defense, especially when I go out there and play another position like wide receiver. I go in there and try to read the defense. I feel like this year it will be more than I catch out of the backfield.”
We have Charles as our #4 RB in standard formats and #3 in PPR. He is right there with Doug Martin in both formats.